Weekly survey: Is guitar rock making a comeback?

While it’s never gone away, guitar-based music–especially on the alt-rock side of the leger–hasn’t been as popular as it once was, supplanted by everything from an infinite number of electronic sounds to banjos. New alt-rock (outside of a few bands like the Foo Fighters and Greta Van Fleet) doesn’t really, well, rock.

However, Dave Grohl feels a change coming. In a recent interview, he says that “the dial is starting to turn back to guitar music…There are so many great bands out there that hopefully will start getting more attention.”

And he’s right, especially if you look at the British indie scene. Guitars are coming back and coming back hard.

Your thoughts? Do you feel the same as Dave? Or are you happy with the way things are?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One thought on “Weekly survey: Is guitar rock making a comeback?

  • I WANT this to be true way more than I believe it is. But then im not really connected to the industry in anyway and wouldn’t expect anyone to take my opinion too seriously lol

    I have been able to find some stuff through spotify and another service I utilize so heres a few that give me hope this might be true.

    Greta Van Fleet
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